My Latest Twitter Updates

  • RT @murpharoo: NHK World has pictures of smoke from the Fukushima power plant, reports of an explosion; 3m tsunami also hitting the coast. #
  • RT @downesy: Officials now saying NO new tsunami detected – live now on NHK #
  • RT @Simon_Cullen: Chris Bowen confirms tear gas used against asylum seekers overnight – Christmas Island. #
  • Brothers in arms – dire diplomacy: http://auspol.info/gtB6VM – Bruce Haigh #
  • Essential Report poll now available: http://auspol.info/fKp3ed (PDF) – LNP 54 – ALP 46. #
  • Sentimentality vs strategy: seeking influence in the USA http://auspol.info/fwUGU4 – Brendon O'Connor: Howard/Gillard or Keating/Rudd? #
  • The unsaleable versus the untenable: Mungo MacCallum on the depressing state of Australian politics. http://auspol.info/e4fADk (fixed link) #
  • @unsungsongs Thanks – fixed. #
  • The IQ2 debate is about to start at Melb Town Hall http://twitpic.com/49d4ic #
  • Lawrence, Barns and Hewson in favor of Austs let down by the major parties. How many elections have they won between them? #iq2 #
  • Kroger, Wong and Carney on the negative. Bet the audience isn't on their side. #
  • Carmen Lawrence: the major parties exist in name only. #iq2 #
  • Lawrence: as the major parties have declined the power of large corporations and organisations on them has increased. #
  • Lawrence puts a strong case devoid of any evidence, examples or names. #iq2 #
  • Sen Helen Kroger for the negative. Lawrence was a major player, a reflection on her if she was able to do nothing about the problem. #
  • The crowd boos Kroger at #iq2 debate. #
  • The crowd laughs at Kroger's suggestion that members control the Liberal Party. She cites outcry over preferencing Bandt as proof. #iq2 #
  • Kroger: Don't judge the major parties by the current government. #iq2 #
  • Greg Barns for the affirmative: treatment of Assange & asylum seekers shows major parties have failed to respect the rule of law. #iq2 #
  • Barns: Major parties both pander to irrational security fears. Both reject a human rights law. #iq2 #
  • Barns receives loud applause at #iq2 debate. Now Shaun Carney for the negative. #iq2 #
  • Carney: Unemployment is lower here than anywhere else, inflation is low, GFC effects largely avoided… credit belongs to both major parties #
  • Carney: Political parties reflect the society they represent. #iq2 #
  • Carney: the society that tolerated govt missteps and engaged with political debate no longer exists. #iq2 #
  • John Hewson for the affirmative at #iq2 debate. Tells joke about a photographer watching Gillard and Abbott drown… #iq2 #
  • Hewson decries 24 hour media cycle. Even has a swing at Sky News cycles… #iq2 #
  • Hewson: Major parties adopt small target strategy; parties' gene pool of talent is limited; the media have become players; Parlt is farce. #
  • Penny Wong takes the stand as final speaker for the negative. #iq2 #
  • Wong: Criticism of major parties is a great Australian tradition. But don't overlook ways the parties have changed conditions for the people #
  • Wong itemises wide range of policies from universal health care to superannuation, pensions, etc, put on place by major parties. #iq2 #
  • Wong: Minor parties can focus on a few policies or stand on the sidelines. Majors have to govern in the national interest. #iq2 #
  • Wong quotes from statements at Abbott's recent Adelaide forum. Says govt's job is to speak to that room as well as this one. #iq2 #
  • #iq2 debate concludes. Now for questions. This is what I call a Jon Faine audience. #
  • Man in audience says Parlt doesn't represent people's views anymore. Cites gay marriage issue. #iq2 #
  • Another man wants to know if Aust is failing. Must be if major parties are failing. #iq2 #
  • Woman says she's disgusted at Labor support for NT intervention. #iq2 #
  • Man wants to know what Lawrence and Hewson did to change the two parties when they had the chance. #iq2 #
  • Man from audience disputes Carney's unemployment figure. Says it's based on a political definition. #iq2 #
  • Helen Kroger attracts jeers from the audience for comments about children in detention. #iq2 #
  • @mpbowers These are the rehearsed spontaneous questions? #
  • Man asks Shaun Carney to expand on comments about the role of the media. #iq2 #
  • Carney says the delivery systems of the media need to be constantly refreshed with content. Difficult now to focus and concentrate. #iq2 #
  • Carney says he is astonished now at the shortness of the grabs on TV, even on the ABC. The truth is being distorted. #iq2 #
  • Carolyn, a socialist just returned from Cuba, thanks Hewson for what he said about the Aust political system. #iq2 #
  • Carmen Lawrence sums up: we should be talking a society, not just an economy. In international terms, we're going backwards. #iq2 #
  • Lawrence says Aust is going backwards on the happiness index. #iq2 #
  • Helen Kroger summing up: this debate is not new. We go through these cycles. We had this debate when Chipp formed the Democrats. #iq2 #
  • @Rod_Hagen Big crowd here but room for more. #
  • Kroger says it's about engagement. If you're dissatisfied, get involved. #iq2 #
  • Carney talks of 1964 in this town hall when the Beatles visited. Donald Horne's Lucky Country just published. We've come a long way since. #
  • Carney says voters are not beating down the doors to read The Age but they do read the Herald Sun and listen to 3AW. #iq2 #
  • Hewson says we need leadership and people daring to be different. Much satisfied applause… #iq2 #
  • Wong says the parties are not all the same and says carbon price debate is proof of that. #iq2 #
  • Wong says govt's deal with complex, contested issues. The national interest is contested. Govt must build agreement. #iq2 #
  • Pre debate was 80% in favor of the motion. It's now 75.5%. #iq2 #
  • "Martin has talked about some matters involving exporting uranium." Harrrumph! #QandA #
  • A Future Fund against catastrophe… #
  • "In your gushing speech… millions of Australians cringed…" #QandA #
  • She doesn't know the history of Watergate at all if she thinks it was all down to Deep Throat. #QandA #
  • A question from Julian Assange… #QandA #
  • Assange: We have intelligence that your govt has been exchanging information about Aust citizens working with WikiLeaks. #QandA #
  • "Hi Julia." #QandA #
  • @tobiasziegler Hi Tobby! #
  • The trouble is not the so-called lie or broken promise, it's that no-one understands why she did it. #QandA #
  • And here she goes again comparing her approach to Howard's on the GST. Tin ear. #QandA #
  • @LeslieCannold Some things can't be taught or advised. #
  • @LeslieCannold Far be it for me to disparage 'communications experts'… #
  • @LeslieCannold I agree but that's the problem. They simply don't have the political skills to do it. It's tragic. #
  • The Melbourne inner city elites were all at the Town Hall debate tonight applauding John Hewson. #QandA #
  • This is the canard, to suggest that criticism of MySchool is to be against literacy and numeracy. #QandA #
  • Lachlan Harris … there's a name we haven't heard much from. #QandA #
  • @HutchHussein You got URL of his blog? #
  • @GrogsGamut Ah well, now you've got proof that I've stopped watching and reading all that stuff! #
  • @samanthamaiden What, you expect me to read a weekend rag like that? #
  • @samanthamaiden I did chuckle at those illustrations in the Sunday Herald-Sun a couple of weeks ago. I meant to steal it from the cafe. #
  • @HutchHussein Thanks, I didn't think this was him: http://auspol.info/g5gw0W #
  • @giddeygirl Wesfarmers insurance: http://auspol.info/eo0BjV #
  • @cjjosh @dfg77 You might like to listen to this episode from May 2002 to test your memory. http://twaud.io/qHZX #
  • Sorry to be so domestically parochial, but what can I do about a smoke detector that goes off every time I cook anything? #
  • I should have specified none of the to-be-expected-jokes… #
  • Now that might work, even when I'm using the oven or the toaster… thanks… RT @aLilFishy: turn the range hood on (if you have one)…. #
  • Lots of poor jokes, inane and unrealistic suggestions… this could almost be a discussion about politics… #
  • … or an episode of #Insiders .. #
  • @PugOwned I climbed on a chair and felt it all over – couldn't find a magic button… #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Hehe… I know what you mean but I don't think it's that. #
  • @ben_hr You can be chairman of the kitchen cabinet… #
  • RT @PugOwned: If it is a Ionization smoke detector it will have a yellow label,try using canned air/ hairdryer *on cool* to remove dirt/dust #
  • .@PugOwned I genuinely like people who know things and your performance tonight is most impressive! #
  • Dare I ask about my kitchen sink attachment with the impossible-to-get-thread…? #WonderingIfAnyPlumbersAreHere #
  • @Jim_Croft Indeed. There's one on the ceiling in the kitchen/dining area and one in the hallway near bedrooms. I've just moved here. #
  • Speaking of #Insiders @dfg77 has a good dissection of what ails it. http://auspol.info/eAMcIM #
  • The Greens leader talks about the problems of being in coalition: http://auspol.info/dENXDU #
  • @the_kennel Time to go to bed… now I'm getting confused! #
  • The Lib-Dems leader talks about the problems of being in coalition: http://auspol.info/dENXDU (forget the attempted joke about Bob Brown…) #
  • @the_kennel @pollymorgan @2FBS Tweeting is much more fun when you get everything wrong… #
  • @pollymorgan Yes, the typing fingers start racing ahead of the brain. #
  • Boston Globe has a new set of Japan earthquake pictures today: http://auspol.info/eBRFF8 #
  • Edited extract from Shaun Carney's speech at the IQ2 debate last night on whether major parties are failing us: http://auspol.info/gcLGGC #
  • Nielsen poll: voters oppose carbon tax, support gay marriage. http://auspol.info/fRQsIs #
  • RT @DavidKay63: Then the solution the government's problem in the polls is clear: a gay tax. #
  • RT @PollBludger: Shanahan: #assange on #qanda "worse television terrorism than 7's ambush of Tony Abbott by Mark Riley" http://bit.ly/hWI8sT #
  • Kevin can't stay out of trouble: http://auspol.info/gl6S9M – Niki Savva on the dysfunctional relationship between Rudd and Gillard. #
  • @DanaScully2 You don't think this is a major topic of concern amongst Labor caucus and party members? #
  • Battle of Pacific rim reshapes the world: http://auspol.info/feHZ8j – interesting piece from Peter Hartcher on the future of Japan & China. #

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